Frequently Asked Questions
What is NFPA?
How often should I have my chimney swept and inspected?
I just bought a home, should I have my chimney inspected?
should have your chimney inspected before you use your fireplace/wood burning stove or as soon as possible to make sure there
is no damage to your chimney, such as cracks or blockage. Also remember your hot water heater and furnace may also use a chimney.
There are so many illnesses that can occur from high exposure
to carbon monoxide that it is very important to have your chimney inspected once a year. For added protection we also recommend
the use of a carbon monoxide detector.
What is creosote?
Creosote can appear as a shinny, black
glaze on the inside of your chimney. Creosote is very flammable. It can be caused by many things but the most common
cause for creosote is not using seasoned wood. Most times creosote cannot be removed by using a standard wire chimney
brush and must be removed by a Ro-Kleen rotary cleaning tool.
Why is it recommend that I have a cap on my chimney?
not only guard your chimney from the rain, but they can also guard your chimney from unwanted animals. Animals such
as squirrels, birds and raccoons can make nests in your chimney causing blockage, bad smells and/or diseases such
as rabies and ring worm from the animal droppings.
My chimney is only a year old, how can it have cracks?
What does it mean when the chimney crown is cracked?
chimney crown is the concrete seal on the top of your chimney. It can become cracked the same way your clay liner can, by
expansion and contraction due to the weather and by the use of your fireplace chimney. When the chimney crown is cracked,
water, snow and debris can get into your chimney and it may cause water damage to your home.
Why does it matter if my damper is working or not?
wouldn't leave a window open 8 inches all winter long, but when you are not using your fireplace and you leave your
damper open, that is exactly what you are doing. A damper is like a window in your chimney. It keeps the outside elements
out of your home when you are not using your fireplace.
What is tuck pointing?
How messy is a chimney sweeping and inspection?
Would I have to make an appointment for a sweeping and an inspection?
include a basic level one inspection with every chimney sweeping. We record our findings on a chimney service report
and then discuss our evaluation with the customer. Sometimes it is impossible to inspect the chimney without first
sweeping it. When that becomes necessary, we first speak to the homeowner before proceeding.
Why should I choose Michiana Chimney Sweeping?
Chimney Sweeping is knowledgeable on the standards established by the NFPA.
We are fast, friendly and consistent.
Our prices are a great value to our customers.
CHIMNEY SWEEPING & REPAIR, Inc. has serviced, swept and repaired thousands of chimneys during the
past 17 years of business!